‘Our goal is for no one to notice that we were even here,’ one of the 353rd’s members, Maj. John Traxler, said last week. At that time, he was directing taxiing aircraft with a radio on his back because the control tower was still under repair.
This is not to say that the U.S. military has shied from trumpeting its sweeping aid operation, involving 18,000 people and 20 ships, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. The Pentagon has dubbed it Operation Tomodachi, Japanese for ‘friend,’ reflecting its goal of fostering good will in a nation that hosts 50,000 U.S. troops.” —U.S. troops help Japan reopen quake-ravaged airport - Hawaii News - Staradvertiser.com